In Linn and Benton Counties, the InterFaith Health Care Network (IHCN) is a coalition of diverse religious communities, striving to make health care available to all who live and/or work here.  Linked together,IHCN is committed to making a universal, single-payer health care plan a reality in Oregon... and ultimately throughout our country.  Won't you and your faith community join us?   

Interestingly, woven centrally within the major religious faiths of our world is a basic teaching.  Christians often refer to it as "The Golden Rule" -- "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you!" (Matthew 7:12 & Luke 6:31)  In Judaism, the Talmud, Shabbat 31a instructs: "What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man."  Islam's Mishkat-el-Masabih counsels followers "Do unto all men as you would they should unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourself."  Buddhism's Udanavarga 5.8 teaches: "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."  Similarly, in the Bahá'í faith Bahá'ulláh says: "Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee."  This same teaching is also found in the holy texts of other faiths, such as Confucianism, Hinduism, and Sikhism.

In the spirit of this universal religious teaching, why do we... why can we... as a nation/state... continue to exclude many of our neighbors from the health care they need?  Is there anyone among us who does not want the health care they need, when they need it?  

While many in our country and state now have health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there are many, many more (about 31 million according to Congressional Budget Office estimates... including 337,000 Oregonians) who will still NOT have health care when ObamaCare is fully implemented.  And there are millions more who continue to have their (and their families') financial well-being jeopardized and destroyed by the American health care system as we now know it.  We can do better! We must do better!

To continue to systematically and intentionally ignore and abuse this substantial portion of our citizenry through our health care system is, not only unfair, it is inhumane.  I'd even say it is immoral!

Such is the motivation, for us as a people of faith, to be active in the cause of bringing health care to all -- "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you!"

In the history of our nation, people of faith have been on the front lines, active for the sake of those who were hungry, for those who were the victims of tragedy and calamity, for those who were enslaved, for those who were denied adequate education, for women who werebarred from voting, as well as for those minorities who were deprived of their civil rights.

Now, in our own time, bringing health care to all -- through a universal, single-payer plan -- is a cause that cries out for our faithful action!

To contact us about IHCN, click here.

Tim Roach



NEWS RELEASE FOR CHURCH BULLETINS & NEWSLETTERS

DATE: DECEMBER 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rally for Health Care at the Capitol -- February 11

Join the Rally on the Capitol steps in Salem on Wednesday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. , and then meet with your state legislators after the Rally. Sponsored by Health Care for All - Oregon, this event will bring legislative attention to the need for a health care program that covers everyone - no exceptions - with no co-pays, no deductibles, no insurance fees. The Rally will also feature good music and inspiring speakers. JOIN THE RALLY and find further information at www.hcao.org. Become part of HCAO's Faith Caucus and bring the witness of faith to this opportunity to extend care and compassion to our entire community!

As members of various faith communities throughout the state, the Faith Caucus of HCAO is involved in the drive for health care for ALL as an expression of our faith. Health Care for All - Oregon is a state-wide coalition of over a hundred groups and organizations linked together to bring a publicly-funded system of quality health care to everyone who lives or works in our state. Motivated by the traditions of our faith communities, we feel compassion for those who are still denied access to the health care they need and concern for those whose assets and life savings are jeopardized (even if they have insurance) by the extremely high costs of health care in our country. We invite you to join us in the movement to bring health care for ALL to Oregon.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: contact Tim Roach by clicking here.